Our biggest challenges? Time and a steep slope.
Time — we are getting married March 14th at our home and want it to be tidy with a lot of usable space outdoors for our 30-40 guests.
Steep slope — After a small portion of flat area right outside the back door, our yard slopes down into a drainage ditch. This is where the water gathers for our part of the housing development after a rain. It also presents some mosquito problems in the summer.
We removed the small trees and trimmed up the large ones in the area to make room for ample fruit trees. So far, we have planted a plum and a pear tree (and we have a fig closer to the house.) The fire pit pictured was my work for that day, chopping the small trees and branches into shorter lengths and then burning them. The ash is much easier to incorporate into the garden than large limbs.
And today I got cuttings of yaupon holly to nurture now and plant later this year, which will provide a natural source of caffeine from the garden! More about this in another post when I try to make tea from some clippings I also acquired from those friends today.
Everything must have a purpose in an urban farm because space and resources are limited.
In the area below, we plan to build a small deck and use rock pavers to make the fire pit area more hospitable. Although not pictured, I’ve already dug two giant holes beside the fire pit in order to bury some tires (that Austin picked up curbside early last year and we used for two seasons to grow potatoes without as much success as I’d hoped). The re-re-purposed tires (four total) will be buried half way and create seating for those around the fire.
Some day, I might even get a wild hair to paint them with the kids’ help.